Fabrice Brégier, president and CEO of European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, has told CNBC his company would take the bragging rights on aircraft deliveries over rival Boeing this year, but added that the focus remains on its "extraordinary" backlog of 6,000 planes that are in the pipeline.
"Competition is fierce with Boeing, it's clear," he said on Monday.
"We are not focused on that. Clearly we have already more than 1,000 net [orders] this year after a record year last year...we will be number one, or very close to number one."
According to Airbus' website, the company has delivered 554 aircraft through November. That compares to 647 deliveries for Boeing, according to its website, which last updated at the end of November. The remarks come as Airbus completed the delivery of its brand new A350 XWB wide-body product to Qatar Airways Monday.